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BY T E R R E N C E O ' K E E F E

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Egg producers
dealing with today's
food safety challenges
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that foodborne illnesses in the U.S. make 48 million people sick, put 128,000 in the hospital and
cause 3,000 deaths annually.
With the advent of whole genome sequencing of pathogens from samples taken from
people who are ill, from food processing
plants, farms and product samples and the
cataloging of this data, investigators are making more connections between foodborne
illnesses and possible sources. From a human
health standpoint, this is good news. For a
food producer, this means a greater likelihood
that liability for a foodborne illness will be
tied to its products and additional incentive for
improving the food safety of its products.
On two egg farm visits I made this sumContinuous improvement requires
mer, I got to see firsthand how these egg
a commitment to challenge existing
producers are rethinking all aspects of farm
processes and make investments in
and packing plant designs and operation to
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heighten biosecurity and food safety. Things
that egg producers have accepted as normal, such as increased fly numbers
when a flock is first moved into a pit house or condensation in the packing plant
on really humid summer days, aren't being accepted anymore.
Major enhancements are being made for egg farms and packing facilities. Vehicle
washers, shower-in shower-out facilities, dehumidification systems and more are being
installed. Fortunately, these enhancements improve biosecurity and food safety.
Continuous improvement in any endeavor, whether the objective is biosecurity,
food safety, worker safety, plant efficiency or animal welfare, requires a willingness
to rethink processes and make changes. It requires a commitment from top management to aggressively explore new solutions and ideas and demonstrate to all employees that how we have always done it won't be good enough going forward.
These egg producers are embracing the new challenges and finding solutions. ■


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Egg Industry - October 2019
How layer vaccination can effectively control Salmonella
Rose Acre facility redesign emphasizes food safety
Positioning hard-boiled eggs in the snacking market
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Egg Industry - October 2019 - How layer vaccination can effectively control Salmonella
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Egg Industry - October 2019 - Rose Acre facility redesign emphasizes food safety
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Egg Industry - October 2019 - Positioning hard-boiled eggs in the snacking market
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